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Grain Free Dog Treats

Make grain free dog treats by blending veggies!

A garden grown squash inside a blenderOrganic homegrown squash for a grain free dog treat

Feed to your dog with a spoon, syringe or cake icing tube.

These vegetable smoothies can be mixed by hand, with a food processor, or with a blender.

Human smoothies are generally served chilled, but smoothies for dogs can easily be served at room temperature.

However, it'd be best to refrigerate or freeze any leftover portions.

If it's a very hot period, you can freeze the smoothie mix into ice cube trays or popsicle molds; otherwise, add ice cubes when blending.

Another idea is to use a cold soup recipe, and turn that into a vegetable smoothie. Dogs' digestive systems are not quite the same as that of humans, so be aware that some foods should be avoided. See more on that here.




Basic Grain Free Dog Treats Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 C vegetable puree for smaller dogs; 1/2 C for large dogs

Blend each 1/4 C with one of the following:

  • 2 tbsp low or nonfat dairy product (if your dog tolerates dairy products well)
  • or 2 tbsp leftover vegetable liquid

Spices and garnishments that can be added include:

  • Basil, cilantro, cinnamon, cumin, curry powder, dill, marjoram, mustard powder, oregano, parsley, black pepper, and rosemary.
  • Dry milk solids may be a good, nutritious addition when you make these dog treats.



Vegetable to Use (organic preferred)

  • Asparagus
  • Beets
  • Carrots and parsnips
  • Lentils
  • Potatoes
  • Pumpkins
  • Beans
  • Broccoli
  • Celery
  • Peas
  • Sweet potatoes or yams
  • Other squashes



Vegetable and Spice Combinations

A few ideas for combining vegetables and adding spices to make these grain free smoothies:

  • Beans and squashes, 1/4 C each, plus 1/8 tsp dill
  • Beets and parsnips, 1/4 C each, plus 3 tbsp dry milk, plus 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • Broccoli and potatoes, 1/4 C each, plus 3 tbsp dry milk, plus 1 tsp curry or mustard powder, plus 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • Carrots and potatoes, 1/4 C each, plus 3 tbsp dry milk, plus 1/8 tsp dill and rosemary
  • Lentils (or split peas) and tomatoes, 1/4 C each, plus 1 tsp curry powder or 1/2 tsp basil or oregano

Feel free to mix and match these ingredients to make your dog's favorite combination!




Ingredients to Avoid

Since onion (even the powder) and avocado are toxic for dogs and tomatoes mildly so (see Dangerous Foods For Dogs) it's best to leave those out. Nutmeg is also on that list.




For more grain free dog treats recipes see Healthy Dog Treats